Prayer: Our Father in heaven, show us the fullness of Your glory through the flesh and blood person of Christ. Amen.
Scripture: John 1:1-2: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
John 1:14b: . . . And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
As we saw in Day 1, this opening of the book of John takes us back to the “time” before time, to the eternal pre-existence of the one and only God. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God…” And John 1:1 tells us that that God was one and same as this incarnate Word. The Hebrew word used for God in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim, a plural word that is clearly reflected in Genesis 1:27 when God says, “Let Us make man in Our image.” From the very first verse of God’s revelation to man, He is declaring His Trinitarian nature: one God in 3 persons. We see in Genesis 1:1-3 God the Father creating, the Spirit of God hovering over the void, the Word of God spoken by God the Father to bring all things into existence. Inseparably one in three and distinctly three in one; one in purpose, one in action, one in will. Another of the foundations stones John sets in place at the outset of his book is that Jesus Christ is unquestionably Deity, one of the members of the Trinity, God of very God.
We cannot separate the Word of God from God Himself, any more than we can separate the words of any individual from the individual themselves. As we also saw in Day 1, words express the person, his thoughts and feelings, his will and personality. Jesus said that out of the heart the mouth speaks. All that we say comes from within us, from our hearts. Jesus, the Word of God, reveals to us the heart of God, and He is Himself God. Through Jesus, God speaks that He is approachable, that He desires to draw near, that He comes to meet us in our need, that He initiates relationship with us.
Jesus told the Samaritan woman that God is Spirit (John 4:24). Paul says that God is invisible (I Timothy 1:17), as does the book of Hebrews (Hebrews 11:27). In Jesus Christ, the invisible God has made Himself visible. This is what John marvels at in I John 1:1-3; you can almost hear the awe in his heart as he penned the words, “. . . that life which was with the Father, was manifest to us.” Amazing. Spirit made flesh. Invisible, “whom no man has seen nor can see” (I Timothy 6:16), made visible, “which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled” (I John 1:1). (Emphasis added. Do you hear the awe?) Unapproachable (I Timothy 6:16) made approachable (Ephesians 2:13, 18; Hebrews 10:19-22, 7:19, 4:16). This is who Jesus Christ is and what He has done.
We must be careful not to fall into the subtle error of thinking that the Man Jesus is part God, or somehow less than fully God. Because He has taken on human flesh, it’s so easy for us to think of Him as just like us. Well, He was. Hebrews tells us He was made in all things like us, He shared in every way our flesh and blood, and He was tempted in every point just as we are (Hebrews 2:14, 17-18; 4:15). And yet He was the fullness of the Trinity (the Godhead, Colossian 2:9). This is truth that is hard to wrap our minds around.
The disciples, who spent three years with Jesus, had a hard time understanding this also. The night before Jesus died Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Or, “that would be enough, we’d be satisfied with that.” And Jesus said to him (and you can hear the sadness and almost incredulity in His voice), “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father, (emphasis added) so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?. . . Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me. . .” (John 14:8-11). And Thomas wouldn’t believe until he saw the nail prints in Jesus’ hands and the gash in His side; only then did he say, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus Christ: fully man, fully God. Do you want to see God? Do you want to know what He looks like? Look at Jesus. Study Jesus.
John 1:18: No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Luke 1:30-32a, 35: Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in you womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest. . . The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
John 1:34: [John the Baptist said,] “I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
Colossians 1:15a, 19; 2:9: He (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God. . . For it pleased the Father that in Him (Jesus) all the fullness should dwell. . . For in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Hebrews 1:1-3: God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, …the express image of His person…
Titus 2:13: . . .looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.